Add Notifications, Media Controls & Audio Streams to GNOME Quick Settings

Add Notifications, Media Controls & Audio Streams to GNOME Quick Settings

A new GNOME extension allows you to tweak the layout, appearance, and functionality of the new Quick Settings menu in GNOME 43.

I wrote about a similar-ish GNOME extension last week that let you remove buttons from showing up in Quick Settings. The author of that extension is back with a new add-on that can that too plus a whole lot more.

The ‘Quick Settings Tweaker’ extension installed on Ubuntu 22.10 (or another distro that uses GNOME 43) lets you:

  • Show notifications in Quick Settings menu
  • Show media controller in Quick Settings menu
  • Show per-app audio stream volume sliders
  • Choose which controls to show/hide

Media streams, for instance, allow you to control volume on a per-app basis rather than globally. Plus, you can configure separate audio streams to show the corresponding app icon and/or a description of the application/stream in play.

screenshot of Quick Settings Tweaker settings for volume mixer with menu also open
Many configuration choices available

GNOME’s media controller (compatible with most MPRIS-supporting apps) is also relocated to the Quick Settings menu, complete with album art, track info, and player controls. There’s also an optional “compact” mode toggle to shrink the media controller to a size more in keeping that of standard buttons in Quick Settings.

The other big option: move notifications to the Quick Settings. By default they’re appended to the bottom of the menu but, in an accommodation for Dash to Panel users, there’s an option to show notifications above the Quick Settings menu for a look very similar to ChromeOS:

screenshot of ChromeOS system menu open, placed side-by-side with GNOME Quick Settings menu also open
Dash to Panel with Quick Settings is ChromeOS-y

And that’s all it does (for now, anyway).

The Quick Settings Tweaker extension only works with GNOME 43, ergo Ubuntu 22.10 (not Ubuntu 22.04 LTS). You can install it from GNOME Extensions website using a web browser or (more recommended) through the Extension Manager app, which is available in the Ubuntu repos or on Flathub.

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